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11 December 2007 @ 09:52 pm
pay no attention to the communication skills behind the curtain  
While I'm sure the world at large would relish a play-by-play of my exams, from the poorly-written question on clubbing to the bit where actually it was a melanoma, go me, and even including the exciting side-plot of 'MEN II But With A Medullary Carcinoma, Not A Follicular Adenoma, Damn It,' I'm going to restrain myself. And just include the bits where I made a fool of myself in the OSCE. (Observed CLinical Skills Torture, or similiar.)


* Doing a very thorough cardiovascular exam, including leg obs and thrills, but forgetting to take the patient's pulse (meaning, they could be dead! and I wouldn't know!)

* Getting over-enthusiastic with the alcohol hand-gel and pouring out enough to fill a small lake or pond, and certainly enough to leave my hands dripping, which I'm sure the 'patient' appreciated while I was throwing his legs around (to test power, people. Although he was cute, and yes I would). At least I was well protected against MRSA. And VRSA. Probably even C. diff, at that volume. As the examiner hastened - hastened, I tell you - to point out.

* Telling a 'patient' she was 'disgustingly healthy.' And other jolly things of that nature. I'm not sure if that counts as rapport or ridiculous. The jury will decide.

One more to go!

I'm not a huge fan of Christmas, mainly because I'm not a huge fan of effort, and nothing screams effort like getting up on a ladder to string lights across roofs, or sending out ten million Christmas cards with mangers and stars on to people who've never been to Mass. However, if I were making a longshortlist of Noel-related peeves, this would come top: bookshops full of people buying books who don't read books. It really should be banned, you know. And, god - is there anything worse, for an author, than to have your book be under the 'Great Buys for Christmas' banner? Way to know you've failed at life.
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Riakessie on December 11th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
bookshops full of people buying books who don't read books

Welcome to my current life. I want to kill the customers I'm getting right now.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eddie Izzard's flagscoradh on December 11th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
One man pretended the queue was a bar! A bar!

I was thoroughly appalled.

Seriously, though, I hate Waterstones at Christmas. The usual salespeople are cool, but they draft in randomers for the crowds and they all look bored and tired. It ruins the atmosphere (that I probably imagine).
Riakessie on December 11th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
...I don't even want to know how he did that. D:

Well, speaking as someone who was a Christmas temp last year (and begged for my job to turn permanent because I was broke), I only got hired in the middle of November and it definitely wasn't enough time to get used to everything. I spent most of Christmas not having a clue about what I was doing and having the regular staff cover my many mistakes, lol, and then being frustrated because I was trying to befriend the staff and pretend I knew what I was doing at the same time.

Thankfully, our manager brought in this year's temps in October, so they have a far better idea of what they're doing then I did. That said, there's a few I want to strangle because, like many temps, they don't give a damn so long as they get paid.

And there's nothing more frightening than a bookstore in Christmas. Except for a pub during New Year's Eve, I imagine.
big mclargehuge: we three kingstoppled on December 11th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
That last paragraph has to be the best thing that has ever been said about Chrimbo, ever, and this is coming from someone who regularly kisses the tiny pointed toes of all the little elves in the North Pole.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art thou a witch?scoradh on December 12th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Hee. I always feel ... guilty, about Christmas, because I don't Believe any more. Ergo, I shouldn't be participating in the celebration of a Saviour I don't believe to be a saviour. But, my overwhelming appreciation of presents always wins out in the end.
Merit: DCU Robinmeritjubet on December 12th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
The thought has never occurred to me, mainly because I love going to bookshops. Strange people...

Perhaps the examiners appreciate a sense of humour?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Dirty Pair: Chompscoradh on December 12th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeabut ... have you never come across those people pointing at books like they've never seen them before, and reeling off half-remembered names of ones they're supposed to buy, and going up to the till with armfuls of footballers' ghostwritten biographies? If you aren't annoyed by that, you deserve canonisation.

I'm hoping so, but med jokes are invariably lame, so I'm not staking a lot on it...
Merit: PoT Gakutomeritjubet on December 12th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
True. But that's also due to my dislike of sport and how much those people are already getting over paid plus endorsements...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on December 12th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I hear ya. Why don't they just make ... DVDs? And stop defiling the printed word?
Merit: HK Fangirlmeritjubet on December 12th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh the pressures of fame... and earning over a million a year. Somehow I restrain my sympathy.

Then again, I also feel weird about reading biographies of living people.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Audrey Hepburnscoradh on December 14th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Exams done ... NOW! Booyah.

Isn't it, though? I wish I had more options, but the only other place is Eason's, a glorified stationary that's even worse! Pity meh.

I always feel like a criminal in the kid's section - afraid someone'll point and yell, 'You're not a kid!' Or something.
grey_hunter on December 13th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
I can imagine Hermione going about irritated in her favourite shop, which is full with practically illiterate people buying presents... and half of those people are trying to buy her a present... and then they start bickering about who buys what book... (I can imagine a tug-of-war between Harry and Draco, who is Hermione's assistant and wants to kiss up to his boss, which of them has the right to buy the book she was talking so much about, involving frequent use of "I saw it first" and "I'm her friend, not you!", and not realising she has long since read it...)

um, yeah.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Firefly: must-havescoradh on December 14th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a bunny just ATE UR BRANE.
Stray: grey_huntergrey_hunter on December 14th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Something wrong with that? :P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Beautiful human being/potatoscoradh on December 14th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Not unless you happened to need your brain for something else, no.